Swear makes it 136 for Redoute's Choice

A trio of stakeswinners in the first 34 days of 2016/17 has given champion sire Redoute’s Choice his fastest season start since 2008. 

Spendthrift Australia’s colt Swear joined August stakeswinners Great Esteem and Rock Magic with a professional effort on heavy ground to claim Saturday’s $125,000 ATC Ming Dynasty Quality 1400m G3. High Mist was a determined 2nd, a half-length away, and Skylight Glow was third.

Watch Swear’s ATC Ming Dynasty G3 win.

It was Swear’s first appearance since his debut success at Hawkesbury in April and extended a great run of early 3YO success for Hawkes Racing which has sent out 12 winners in that category since 1 August.

Michael Hawkes said after Swear’s win, “He’s a stayer on the up. He covers a lot of ground and hopefully there’s a lot more in store for him once he stretches out in journey.”

Swear is the first stakeswinner among the first four foals out of Crossyourheart (by Show A Heart), a brilliant dual stakes-winning juvenile in New Zealand, from the family of Hong Kong Sprint G1 winner All Thrills Too and Group winners Adaline and Gotta Have Heart.

Swear is the fourth Ming Dynasty winner by Redoute’s Choice, after Mearas (2006), Aussies Love Sport (2013) and Panzer Division (2014).

Bred by Dean Fleming, Swear was sold for $725,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale by Tyreel Stud and he is the first Australian stakeswinner for his owner Spendthrift Australia.

He is also the 136th lifetime stakeswinner for Redoute’s Choice who has averaged a remarkable 14 individual stakeswinners per season across the 14 years his progeny have graced racetracks in Australia and around the world.

After Saturday’s racing, the Australian General Sires’ table is headed by Snitzel (4 stakeswinners & $982,113 prizemoney) and Redoute’s Choice (3 stakeswinners, $697,715).

Redoute's Choice colts salute for Spendthrift

Spendthrift Australia bought five colts at Inglis Easter and Magic Millions in 2015 and this week celebrated debut wins with two of them – both by Redoute’s Choice and both trained by Team Hawkes.

Redouble, out of New Zealand Group 1 winner Special Mission (by Last Tycoon’s son Towkay) and descending from Okawa Stud’s brilliant mare Lilt, was sent out on Wednesday at double-figure odds in the 1200-metre Ranvet Plate at Canterbury.

He jumped well for Christian Reith, settled back third on the fence and peeled out at the top of the straight to challenge Serena’s Pride. As he began to get past the filly, the Godolphin filly Raiment began to run home strongly down the outside. Redouble responded willingly to that challenge to score by a head from Raiment with Serena’s Pride third.  

Watch Redouble’s debut win at Canterbury.

Redouble was a $200,000 buy from the Torryburn Stud draft, on behalf of breeder Macedon Park, at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale.

Three days later, Swear started at the same $12 price in the $125,000 Claret Stakes at the Hawkesbury stand-alone meeting, but took a completely different path to victory. He mounted a big run from the back of the field and stretched out in fine style to nab Godolphin colt Flow just short of the post, with the favourite Radcliffe third.

Watch Swear win on debut at Hawkesbury.

Bred by Dean Fleming from the top New Zealand 2YO filly Crossyourheart (by Show A Heart), Swear was bought for $725,000 from the Tyreel Stud consignment at last year’s Inglis Easter Sale.

He’s a fourth-generation descendant of the British-bred mare Polly Soleil, purchased in 1985 by Kiwi breeders Graham & Helen-Gaye Bax who have bred a host of top horses from her, her daughters and grand-daughters.  They include All Thrills Too (Hong Kong Sprint G1), Group winners She Will Be Loved, Adaline, Gotta Have Heart, Malandrino, Silky Red Boxer and most notably, three-time Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina. 

Redouble and Swear take their sire’s tally of 2YO winners this season to eight, headed by Group winners Thyme For Roses and Honesty Prevails and Listed winner Zamzam.

The top of the Australian 2YO Sires’ table is something of an Arrowfield feast this season. Redoute’s Choice, whose lifetime record features 32 juvenile stakeswinners, is in eighth spot, his sons Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel & Beneteau are 2nd, 3rd and 10th, and their former barnmate All American is currently fourth.